Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Zing, Then The Sting

Aaron Schields took one for the team, and he has a bruised butt cheek to prove it.

As the front tire carrier on Red Bull Racing Team’s No. 83, Schields was attending to possible nose damage in the late stages of Sunday’s Daytona 500. If there’s a problem, it’s Schields’ job to help fix it. So he got low — really low — right in the line of fire of stray lug nuts that litter pit road.

Unfolding ahead was the service of Casey Mears’ Chevrolet, and when the No. 5 went down and away, Mears lit up the rear tires. The burning rubber grabbed a lug nut that was done for the day, but in the lug nut’s flight pattern was Schields’ rear end.

Getting capped in the ankle or shin is one thing. That’s a common occurrence on pit road, but getting shot in the butt is a whole different deal.

We’ll let Schields go into further detail.

“When you’re out there, the adrenaline is pumping. But I felt it,” Schields said. “Oh yeah, I felt it. You try to walk it off, try to be tough. It was one of those awkward moments.”

The lug nut, Schields admitted, left a mark about the size of a half dollar, but … “I went about my business and got the job done.”

Indeed he did, evidenced by the No. 83's 12th-place finish in the 500.


Anonymous Curt said...

LOL!! that's very unfortunate, but so funny. must've hurt like hell on monday morning =)

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Jill E said...

Can you post a picture of the black and blue mark?

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh well, every now and then you have to take one for the team. Better a bruised butt than a burnt butt, like BV last year.
Thanks Aaron for the sacrifice. We love you guys.

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Ashley said...

Just another battle wound.

I could be a good way to pick up girls at the bar... just be careful where and when you show the injury.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous ashley said...

I meant "it" not "I."
I would be a very terrible thing to use for picking up girls at the bar.
Very awkward.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Sheild's was definitly taking one for the team. Way to go, man.

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So BV gets his butt burned at Bristol last year, and now this.
I realize that you all put your asses on the line is these races, but come on. Try for different body parts, lol.

Seriously though, that's a great story.

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

I'd rather have that lugnut hit my ass instead of my shin knee or ankle, that could be enough to make a man cry.

10:43 PM  
Anonymous Savannah David said...

As Jeff Hammond says "Real men work in the pits." In Cali you may need to roll and - turn the other cheek - (LOL) Great job guys. Your various sacrifices are much appreciated by all of us adoring fans. Go get 'em boys!

4:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bull Rider, could you please up date us on the NEW merchandise? When will it be on this Team Red Bull site? (or if it is on the site, where?)

Way to take it in the Butt! Sorry!!!! It must not have slowed you down....83 and team did GREAT!

5:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we give it a rest on the merchandise requests?! When they have info, they usually give it to us, every day on this blog people are complaining about is getting old. We are all anxious to get some new stuff!

7:25 AM  
Anonymous lovinbv83 said...

Awesome job last weekend 83 crew. I'm wishing u guys safe travel as u head to California today because u will be making a stop in the midwest probably for fuel we have some pretty nasty weather in parts of the midwest today. Safe travel RBR. Good Luck BV and AJ

8:02 AM  
Blogger Shana said...

Aunt Shana thinks Aaron has a cute butt whether it is bruised or not.

6:06 PM  
Blogger eclark said...

Good to see that DOG is still gettin'er done. Just like he did when he wrestled for me in high school. He won a state championship with one arm. He then went and got surgery.

I wouldn't expect anything less. What a STUD!!!!!!

E Clark

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aaron I hope by now you are doing better, however it isn't looking good weather wise out there in Calf. you may get to rest a bit longer.

If weather permits today...Good Luck to both Brian and AJ in qualifying.

5:06 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Stupid rain! AJ isn't in the race. I hate seeing a rain out. Really wanted to see 2 RBR Camry's in the show on Sunday. Hopefully we'll see it next weekend in Vegas. Good luck BV and the 83 team!

3:38 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Its great to see BV in the race again! Sorry you didn't even get a chance AJ. Can't wait for the race on Sunday! Good luck 83 team!

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awww... that's hilarious though! It's a good thing you have a hard backside. I told you before you could bounce a quarter off that thing.... or a lug nut, I guess:)

6:16 AM  

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